P.D. James

P.D. James

P.D. James was born in Oxford, England on August 3rd, 1920 and passed away at the age of 94 on November 27th, 2014.

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P.D. James Stats: The highest rated book by P.D. James on Book Notification is The Children of Men, a Standalone novel. The second-highest rated book is The Mistletoe Murder, a Collection .

The most read book by P.D. James on Book Notification is Cover Her Face, the first novel in the Adam Dalgliesh series. The second most read book is Death Comes to Pemberley, a Standalone novel.

Below is a complete list of P.D. James books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series. The most popular series by P.D. James is the Adam Dalgliesh Series.

List of Adam Dalgliesh Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
7.3
Cover Her Face
1962
2
6.3
A Mind to Murder
1963
3
7.8
Unnatural Causes
1967
4
7.8
Shroud for a Nightingale
1971
5
7.5
The Black Tower
1975
6
7.6
Death of an Expert Witness
1977
7
8
A Taste for Death
1986
8
7.3
Devices and Desires
1989
9
8
Original Sin
1994
10
7.4
A Certain Justice
1997
11
8
Death in Holy Orders
2001
12
7.7
The Murder Room
2003
13
8
The Lighthouse
2005
14
8
The Private Patient
2008

List of Cordelia Gray Books in Publication Order

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

List of Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

List of Short Story Collections in Publication Order

List of Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

List of P.D. James Anthologies in Publication Order

P.D. James: Biography

P.D. James (Phyllis Dorothy James) was born on August 3rd, 1920. P.D. passed away November 27th, 2014 at 94 years old. P.D. James was born in Oxford, England. James attended Cambridge High School for Girls.

P.D. James was the author of the Adam Dalgliesh series which consists of 14 novels. The Adam Dalgliesh series started in 1962 with the novel Cover Her Face. The most recently released novel in the Adam Dalgliesh series was The Private Patient which was released in 2008. There are no upcoming novels for the Adam Dalgliesh series.

P.D. James (Phyllis Dorothy James) also wrote the Non-Fiction Books series which has 4 books including The Maul and The Pear Tree and Time To Be In Earnest.

In an odd coincidence, P.D. James picked the last name "Dalgleish" after her English teacher, whose name was Miss Dalgleish. Years later, she found out that the teachers fathers first name was Adam.

P.D. James also won the journalism prize, the Nick Clarke Award. This was presented to her in 2010 after her BBC Radio 4 interview with Mark Thompson, the director of the BBC.

P.D. James has had multiple novels listed in Kono Mystery ga Sugoi in Japan. In 1998, A Taste for Death was ranked #3 best mystery book, and in 1992, Devices and Desires was ranked #1. In 1997, Original Sin was on the list, ranking #8.

P.D. James in 2004 won the Lifetime Achievement award, given to him by the Sherlock awards.

P.D. James: Awards & Accolades

P.D. James has won multiple awards including: The Riverton Prize, International Honor Award, in 1993, Edgar Award, Grand Master, in 1999, Crime Thriller Awards, International Crime Writing Hall of Fame Award, in 2008 and Theakston's Old Peculier, Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction, in 2011.

P.D. James has won many awards including:

  • Shroud for a Nightingale won the Crime Writer's Association Award, Silver Dagger Award, in 1971.
  • The Black Tower won the Crime Writer's Association Award, Silver Dagger Award, in 1975.
  • A Taste for Death won the Crime Writer's Association Award, Silver Dagger Award, in 1986 as well as the Macavity Award - Best Mystery Novel in 1987.
  • The Children of Men won the Deo Gloria Awards, Best Book, in 1992.
  • The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women won the World Fantasy Award, Anthology, in 1996.
  • Talking About Detective Fiction won the Macavity Award, Best Mystery Critical/Biographical, in 2010 as well as the Anthony Award - Best Non-Fiction Book in 2010.

The following novels by P.D. James were also nominated for these awards:

  • Shroud for a Nightingale: Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel (1972).
  • An Unsuitable Job for a Woman: Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel (1972). Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award (1972).
  • Death of an Expert Witness: Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award (1977).
  • Innocent Blood / Innocent House: Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award (1980).
  • The Skull Beneath the Skin: Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award (1982).
  • A Taste for Death: Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel (1987).
  • Death in Holy Orders: Barry Award, Best British Crime Novel (2002).
  • The Murder Room: British Book Awards, Crime and Thriller Book of the Year (2005).
  • The Lighthouse: British Book Awards, Crime and Thriller Book of the Year (2006).
  • Talking About Detective Fiction: Agatha Award, Best Non-fiction (2009).

P.D. James: Lists & Other Mentions

  • Devices and Desires was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 1990.

P.D. James: TV/Movies Based on Books

In the 1980s and 1990s, multiple Adam Dalgleish novels were made into a TV serial in the United Kingdom. They featured Roy Marsden as Adam Dalgleish. Each book was broken down into a 5 or 6 episode series.

Movies that were made starring Roy Marsden were:

- Death of an Expert Witness
- Shroud for a Nightingale
- Cover Her Face
- The Black Tower
- A Taste for Death
- Devices and Desires
- Original Sin
- A Certain Justice

In November 2021, the Adam Dalgleish series of novels was again made into a TV series. It started airing with a 6 episode TV season. It stars Bertie Carvel as Adam Dalgleish, and aired on Acorn TV in the USA, as well as Channel 5 in the UK. The TV show was adapted from three separate novels, which are Shroud for a Nightingale, The Black Tower and also A Taste for Death.

The novel The Murder Room, the 12th book in the series, was also adapted into a TV show for the BBC. It was broken up into two parts and was three hours long. In this one, the actor Martin Shaw starred as Adam Dalgleish. Janie Dee played Emma Lavenham.

Due to changes in the producer, the TV serials starring Roy Marsden were also adapted into two TV movies. They were Unnatural Causes and A Mind to Murder.

Also in 2003 and 2003, the novels Death in Holy Orders and The Murder Room were adapted as movies by the BBC. In those, Martin Shaw played Adan Dalgleish.

The novel The Children of Men, a standalone novel, was adapted to the big screen as the movie Children of Men, starring Clive Owen, Michael Caine and Julianne Moore although it does differ a lot from the novel.

Related Authors

The most common authors followed by users who also follow P.D. James are:

  1. Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch Series.
  2. Louise Penny, author of the Inspector Gamache Series.
  3. Harlan Coben, author of the Myron Bolitar Series.
  4. Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher Series.
  5. David Baldacci, author of the Amos Decker Series.

P.D. James: F.A.Q

When was P.D. James Born?

P.D. James was born on August 3rd, 1920.

When did P.D. James die?

P.D. James died on November 27th, 2014 at 94 years old.

Where was P.D. James Born?

P.D. James was born in Oxford, England.

What awards has P.D. James won?

P.D. James has won the following awards: International Honor Award at the Riverton Prize (1993), Grand Master at the Edgar Award (1999), International Crime Writing Hall of Fame Award at the Crime Thriller Awards (2008) and the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction at Theakston's Old Peculier (2011).

What book awards has P.D. James won?

Shroud for a Nightingale: Crime Writer's Association Award Silver Dagger Award (1971).
The Black Tower: Crime Writer's Association Award Silver Dagger Award (1975).
A Taste for Death: Crime Writer's Association Award Silver Dagger Award (1986), Macavity Award Best Mystery Novel (1987).
The Children of Men: Deo Gloria Awards Best Book (1992).
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women: World Fantasy Award Anthology (1996).
Talking About Detective Fiction: Macavity Award Best Mystery Critical/Biographical (2010), Anthony Award Best Non-Fiction Book (2010).

What was the first book P.D. James wrote?

The first novel written by P.D. James was Cover Her Face, published in 1962.

What was the most recent book P.D. James wrote?

Her most recently released work was The Victim (a short story) on January 3rd, 2019.

How many books has P.D. James written?

P.D. James has written 27 books. 14 books in the Adam Dalgliesh Series, 2 books in the Cordelia Gray Series, 3 Standalone Novels, 2 Short Stories/Novellas, 2 books in the Short Story Collections, 4 books in the Non-Fiction Books.

I heard Adam Dalgleish appears in other books?

Yes. Adam appears in both novels in the Cordelia Gray series which takes place within the same universe.

What cars does Adam Dalgleish drive in his books?

He initially drives a Cooper Bristol, although in later novels is roaring around the streets in a Jaguar.

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    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    My brain nearly melted a few days ago when I realized that P.D. James wasn’t who I thought she was. To put things into context, my school library had seven Adam Dalgliesh novels, and I re-read them so many times that I can practically recite them from memory.

    Obviously, that is an exaggeration, but you know what I mean. I understand P.D. James as a writer. I know what to expect from her, or at least I thought I did. But then I learned a little while ago that she wrote ‘Children of Men,’ the inspiration for my favorite Sci-Fi/dystopian movie.

    I knew she was talented, but this is taking things to a whole other level. I’m waiting with bated breath for the book to arrive. Hopefully, the novel matches the quality of the movie.

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